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KFYAL progress update

It’s KFYAL time! (Try saying that as a single word…Kfyaaal.) I don’t have a lot of progress to report myself, as I have a story of woe for you, but the thread on Ravelry is going crazy and everyone is getting on really well. First, the woe – then the joy of people doing amazing things.

Corrie’s KFYAL – delayed

In my previous post about the Knit for Yourself Along, I had said I might knit Naloa by Renee Callaghan. I have the yarn, I have the pattern, I have the needles; but I decided this was a very large project for one month, so I decided not to go for it this time. Instead, I frogged about an inch of cuff of Monkey by Cookie A, then started again. I wanted to make sure my tension was still the same as I cast that on ages ago.

Then, my amazing grandmother came to stay and I spent the day after New Year desperately tidying. My stash trunk was opened – no mean feat as it involves moving a printer, my sewing box, my spinning basket, my knitting basket and the N64 – and miscellaneous projects shoved back in. Gran left and now, two days later, I still couldn’t find the project.

My gorgeous gran wearing the Towersey Shawl I knit a few years ago.
My gorgeous gran wearing the Towersey Shawl I knit a few years ago.

I was pretty certain I wouldn’t have stuck it in the stash trunk, but I had looked everywhere and it was nowhere to be seen, so there was only one thing for it. Tonks had a great time as I dived head-first into the trunk. I discovered loads of yarn that I had forgotten I own, and got very excited about all the projects I want to make (I actually removed about four projects worth of yarn from the stash, not the point in the exercise at all). However, no Monkey.

I put everything back, preparing to tell the Resolutions Monthly people that I could not find the project and I would have to do another one. Just as I placed the printer back, I picked up a project bag that was on the floor and full of my quilting sewing. Or so I thought – there were the blooming socks!

In the midst of the stash, with Tonks between my legs being restrained from all the fluff.
In the midst of the stash, with Tonks between my legs being restrained from all the fluff.

What’s that saying? They’re always in the last place you think to look? Darn it! So, no progress on my side to report, but plenty from everyone else.

The Resolutions Monthly KFYAL Progress

I will only post photos as I have none of my own – for more of the news, the KAL starts here.

PixieshBlonde is knitting a beaded hat, Rosalina.

Pixieish Blonde is also knitting a hat, and about to get into the ribbing.
Pixieish Blonde is also knitting a hat, and about to get into the ribbing.

SugarAngel is knitting herself a pair of socks – you can find out more about them here.

SugarAngel has started a pair of socks.
SugarAngel has started a pair of socks.

Playing yarn chicken – and debating whether or not she ought to go buy more from a shop 75 minutes away – is anromath with a shawl, Spearmint Tea.

anromath's Spearmint Tea
anromath’s Spearmint Tea

A new member, sharmayne has joined in on the FKYAL with a pullover.

sharmayne's pullover.
sharmayne’s pullover.

kelv is trying out colourwork – and I absolutely adore the progress on her hat.

kelv's bicolour spiral hat.
kelv’s bicolour spiral hat.

There are a few more going – I’ll check back next week!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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January knit-for-yourself-along!

January approaches quickly – John and I have planned our New Years Eve out with a friend, and the first, which will be our third anniversary, will almost certainly involve champagne of some description. The second will consist of ice skating and cinema, then my Wonder-Gran arrives for a four day visit. I am very excited and thrilled that 2015 is off to such a great start.

Over at Resolutions Monthly, we’ve been looking forward to this month for…well, months. We decided we were going to do a January knit along in which we focused on knitting something for ourselves; particularly after Christmas knitting and the exhaustion that brings.

January KAL

Although we are calling this the January knit along, it’s actually a make along – crochet, sewing, and craft, in which the hours you have been putting into crafting for other people, are switched to focus solely on you for this month.

The knitalong was suggested by Linda, the winner of the last Resolutions KAL; she is sponsoring the event, and has offered to donate a pattern up to the value of $8 to a participant in the KAL. The thread is over here and I am going to be using the tag #KFYAL15 over on social media and so forth – get involved if you fancy it!

This should be a relaxing knit along. The main point being that knitters remember that they can make things for themselves too! – LakeLinda

I’ve been pattern-searching for months and trying to decide what I am going to make. The KAL will last for January, and I have been considering Naloa, a KAL by the lovely Renee of East London Knit. I was gifted the pattern by kelv, so that’s ready – it’s even printed. I also have the yarn, which I got from Linda over at Kettle Yarn Co – two skeins will go into the project, the BEYUL base in Electric Aramanth, and the WESTMINSTER base in Islington. Ready to go…right?

Naloa in full glory. Mine will be grey with hints of purple, and electric pink!
Naloa in full glory. Mine will be grey with hints of purple, and electric pink!

However, I’m not entirely sure. A month seems to be a short time for a shawl, especially considering everything I will be doing in January from grandmotherly visits to helping my parents move home. I cast on Monkey by Cookie A months ago and have never proceeded beyond the cuff. I have been considering focusing on this for January instead. At the same time, I really want a new shawl…

In the meantime, I’ve been admiring the projects my co-KALers are plotting. Click each photo to go to the Ravelry project page!

New Wave Skirt - vlinderrr
New Wave Skirt – vlinderrr
Orchid Cowl - psmknits
Orchid Cowl – psmknits
Rosalina - PixieishBlonde
Rosalina – PixieishBlonde
Girly Nerd Checker Vest - tsaria
Girly Nerd Checker Vest – tsaria
Moraine - Tabby15
Moraine – Tabby15
Ribbed Shrug - CSturgeon
Ribbed Shrug – CSturgeon
Bicolour Spiral Hat
Bicolour Spiral Hat – kelv

Plenty of fantastic variety in there, right? I can’t wait to see the finished projects! I’ll let you know how everyone gets on next month.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Starting Color Affection.

The yarn for Color Affection, the shawl I am knitting for Grumpy, arrived on Thursday. Amongst my emergency knitting of Fingerless Mitts for Granny, being ill (and having to miss the Birthday party, hence not being able to even give them to her!) and trying to get my Fairisle Mittens done, I haven’t managed to cast on!

Grumpy chose the yarn to match that on the Color Affection pattern (in terms of the colours). I decided to knit the lace-weight shawl, so I ordered some laceweight from Heirloom Knittingin Okehampton. I was a bit nervous about this, as their website is a little outdated and I’ve made orders in the past that haven’t quite made it to me from similar websites.

Color Affection
Color Affection

However, I am very, very pleased to report that the yarn arrived in a timely fashion, it is absolutely gorgeous, the staff from Heirloom Knitting emailed me to check-up on the delivery, and I will definitely be using them again.

The yarn has arrived!
The yarn has arrived!

I can’t wait to start knitting. Tommy has been sitting with me in front of the fire while I’ve been a bit feverish, watching many maternity programmes and getting all broody, and wanting to get going on the shawl. I’m worried about destroying the yarn with mistakes, though, and I would rather wait until I feel a bit better.

Ready to go! Color Affection and my yarn.
Ready to go! Color Affection and my yarn.
Tommy hanging out with me in front of the fire.
Tommy hanging out with me in front of the fire.

Martine from iMake is doing a Color Affection knitalong. It started a long time ago, but I asked quietly if I could join now and she said yes, hurrah! If you’re a knitter and you fancy getting in on the action, check it out on Ravelry. A lot of people are already finishing, but join me on the slow-coach action!

Tonight I’m going to make some birthday cards instead, as we raided my stash this morning for a number of birthdays that appear to be happening this weekend.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Campaign for Wool

I was hoping to finish the Dragonfly Jumper this week, but it is currently sitting upstairs in my room while I get all excited about the Campaign for Wool. I feel like this may be a slightly strange thing for me to do, but hey, it’s keeping me occupied!

Campaign for Wool

So, what is the Campaign for Wool? I’m not going to write a huge introduction into it – that’s all done on the website for you, so you should go and check it out. Basically – HRH the Prince of Wales noticed that sheep farmers were getting fleeced out of the cost for their sheep wool (heh, sorry). It used to cost more to get a sheep shorn than the amount that the fleece was sold for. He decided that this was Not Good, and set up the campaign.The Campaign for Wool.

While I’ve been home in Devon, I’ve visited as many yarn shops as I can find. There are quite a few around here, and I was expecting to be able to find some Devonshire yarn to take back to Kent and dye for the next KAL I will participate in. I was extremely disappointed by the reaction I got from shop-owners.

Devonshire Sheep - the Devon Closewool (photo credit to devonclosewool.co.uk)
Devonshire Sheep – the Devon Closewool (photo credit to devonclosewool.co.uk)

I asked the same set of three questions when I was in the shops.

1. Do you have any Devonshire Yarn?
2. Do you have any British Wool?
3. Do you have any 100% wool yarn?

The answers were almost unanimously “no”. I say almost because one shop did have Devonshire handspun art yarn. It was £11 a skein and I thought it was fairly disgusting. Another shop has ‘ordered’ Devonshire yarn – but doesn’t know when it will arrive.

I was fairly devastated. I feel sad that the campaign hasn’t managed to affect artisan shops which are not focused on the bigger brands, but have a real opportunity to get proper wool and British wools available for the public. I want to do something about it.

Romney Sheep from Kent (photo credit to Romney Marsh Wools)
Romney Sheep from Kent (photo credit to Romney Marsh Wools)

Would you do me a favour? The next time you go into a shop, ask those same questions. Obviously you will change them:

1. Do you have any ‘your district’ Yarn?
2. Do you have any ‘your country’ Wool?
3. Do you have any 100% wool yarn?

I’d really appreciate this. If you are a yarn shop owner, and you happen upon this, could you possibly give me a bit more information on the issues that affect this from a shop owners point of view?

You’ll hear more about this from me in the future. For now, I have to go and sort out someone who put a dent in my car this morning!

Much love,

Corrie xx

PS If you are interested in British Wool and products, check out my giveaway, which is Romney Marsh Wools Hand and Body Lotion derived from the lanolin in Romney Sheep.

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WIPW (11) – Towersey Shawl

My main WIP this week is the Towersey Shawl. I don’t have long to write this blog-post as I’m about to go to Wonder-Gran‘s house to help her fix an old chair that is a bit of a family heirloom.

Towersey Shawl

I haven’t had much time for knitting – I did manage to get started on the Towersey Shawl, and have been picking the knitting up when possible while I’ve been at home. I watched “The Choir” and “The Great British Bake-Off” (which I now want to watch all the previous programmes of) last night, and did a fair amount then.

I’m absolutely loving how the colours are blending. The photos don’t really show a good indication of the colour – the birds-eye-view image with the roses is very, very blue, while some of the close-up photos are more muted.

Birds Eye View with wedding roses and very blue-looking yarn.
Birds Eye View with wedding roses and very blue-looking yarn.
Close-up of a gradient section. Very muted.
Close-up of a gradient section. Very muted.
The central eyelet leading from point of shawl to knitted edge.
The central eyelet leading from point of shawl to knitted edge.
Slightly better indication of the colours.
Slightly better indication of the colours.

This is the first shawl I’ve ever knitted. It’s a kit from Knit ‘n’ Caboodle.  I’ll give a better review next week, whether this is my WIP or FO. At the moment, I haven’t made many mistakes – but I did have to restart THREE TIMES because I wasn’t using stitch-markers at first. I then decided to put in some stitch-markers, and have managed to get to a relatively large amount of fabric without too much trouble.

The eyelet rows which will show up better when I’ve blocked are very handy for hiding clumsy mistakes on my part!

It’s really cold in Devon today, and I can hear the rain plummeting into the passage outside. I’m about to go onto Dartmoor, and am hoping to visit a Tavistock yarn shop in order to find some gradient yarn for a KAL. If I can’t find gradient yarn pre-dyed, I’ll buy some undyed and get it coloured myself. I was very enthusiastic about spinning the yarn, but I realise now that it isn’t going to happen. Details about the KAL on Ravelry. I have until October 1st to find the yarn, so I’m not too worried.

Anyway, I’d better rush, I’m now late!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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The Blanket is Finished!

On Sunday night, I finished the BDCH KAL dogs blanket. Hurrah! Download the pattern here.

Folded up and ready to go.
Folded up and ready to go.
Opened up and glorious.
Opened up and glorious.
Close-Up of the Paws.
Close-Up of the Paws.

It was good timing. My dog, a beautiful and amazing labrador with the biggest heart – and head! – I’ve ever known, laid down for his final sleep with my dad and his vet by his side on Friday night.

I spent much of the day on Saturday being highly emotional, and well-looked after by JS. There was no progress on the knitting front, though I did buy some golden yarn to make a stuffed toy. We are going to put Digger’s collar and tag on that.

Rest in Peace, Digger.
Rest in Peace, Digger.

Anyway, back to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Now that the blanket is finished, we are going to take it in by hand and meet some of the dogs there. I’ll probably do it on Saturday morning, before we go down to Kent.

Sarah also finished hers, and has already posted it off. I’m so excited about it. I hope you’ve enjoyed following us. If we’ve tempted anyone else to get involved, I encourage it whole-heartedly. It’s one of the best projects I’ve ever done.

What should I work on next?

Much love,

Corrie xx

PS Things at work are getting busy again, so I might cut down on my blogging schedule. I know how many times I’ve said that in the past, so we will see what happens.

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No WIP Wednesday today

I have bad news – I have food poisoning! I can’t even lift my needles to get on with the BDCH KAL. This is a tragedy as I have to get a hat done by Friday for a friend…but, I’ll just have to bear with it.

I’m going to read through blogs, watch rubbishy TV and hopefully be better by tomorrow, back to work and happy!

Happy news, though!

Corrie has a first! Right at the top! :)
Corrie has a first! Right at the top! :)

Much love,

Corrie xx

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The BDCH KAL progresses – yellow, done!

So, following @gingerbreadbun‘s success of finishing the second colour yesterday, I was spurred on and managed the same today! I’ve managed to sew some of the squares together, as JS and I watched the football tonight. I haven’t taken a photo of that, as the pub I’m sitting in is dark – it’s also my bedtime, so I’m just going to leave you with one pile of really pretty yellow squares, and will see you tomorrow for Friday Inspirations!

Big pretty pile of yellow granny squares (Copyright Corrie B)
Big pretty pile of yellow granny squares (Copyright Corrie B)

(I edited this photo on “Yarma” a new app that integrates with Ravelry. Its for iOS — you should check out the latest Ravelry blog-post* for apps that work with it – they’re brilliant, I’ve downloaded two already! And they don’t only have iOS apps.)

There’s still time to join the KAL. I’ve never been as inspired as I was when @gingerbreadbun put her photo up on Twitter yesterday! If that’s not a reason to join, I don’t know what is.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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* I can’t find a permalink to it, so it’s in Ravelry Goodies for the 19th of June. Check it out!

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BDCH KAL: A Flying Start!

I finally started the BDCH KAL yesterday!

So, I’m off to a flying start, with all of my orange squares completed already. I’m so happy about this that it’s actually an effort not to put an exclamation mark at the end of each of these sentences, haha.

Beautiful stack of orange squares, photoshopped to decrease saturation because they are SO fluorescent!
Beautiful stack of orange squares, photoshopped to decrease saturation because they are SO fluorescent!

The lovely @gingerbreadbun has cast on and finished her first square, and I’m really looking forward to her blog post about it.

@gingerbreadbun's first square (Copyright Sarah J)
@gingerbreadbun’s first square (Copyright Sarah J)

In true over-organised Corrie fashion, I drew a pretty chart on my iPad about how I was going to assemble the finished product. I tried to make myself do it organically, but I just couldn’t. These are the charts I came up with. I have decided to do number one for now…but I may do the others as well.

Pattern No 1 In Progress
Pattern No 1 In Progress

Pattern No 3

Pattern Number 2

My initial plan for this was to do it to the 11th of July* — but as only @gingerbreadbun has joined me, I might do more than one, to a) complete my charts, b) get more people involved and c) [and most importantly] send loads of blankets to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. That is what it’s all about, really.

How could you resist doing something like this? Copyright Barbara S with many thanks
How could you resist doing something like this? Copyright Barbara S with many thanks

Still nobody else tempted to join? Ravelry group and thread here if you are, by any chance!

Finally, while you’re reading, I’d like to boast about the fact that, despite taking me five years due to illness and related ickyness, I am finally graduating from Imperial College with a first in Materials Science and Engineering (BEng). Hurrah!

Much love,

Corrie


* My biiiirthday!

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WIPW (10) – Baby Hat for T

In my posts about the BDCH Knitalong I would like to host*, I mentioned I couldn’t start until Friday as I was involved in another project.

This project is a hat for one of JS‘ colleagues babies, a little boy whose name starts with a “T”. They are moving to Delhi in India in September, and JS asked me to make them a present for when they go. After a quick bit of research on temperature in the winter, and finding out how old the baby will be by then, I cast on in beautiful variegated yarn with earthy colours, which are what I associate with India.

Variegated Yarn before knitting.
Variegated Yarn before knitting.

I finished it on Saturday night. To my absolute dismay, it turned out to look like camouflage fabric, too Armyand absolutely wrong for this particular present.

Camohat in progress.
Camohat in progress.

I had to start again. I chose blue and white this time, and am currently halfway through after having to rip back over a thousand stitches yesterday to correct a mistake. I will be done by Friday — in time for the KAL!

The hat half-done.
The hat half-done.

The colours are a bit brighter than the picture shows, my iPhone was obviously having a bit of a hissy fit when I took the photos. The below photo shows the section I unpicked and redid.

The section between the two needles had to be totally unpicked and redone.
The section between the two needles had to be totally unpicked and redone.

I plan to embroider an Indian elephant and a cute little T on it in honour of India and the baby. What do you think of this design?

Embroidery Pattern
Embroidery Pattern

It’s the first baby item I’ve ever made – has anybody else got their first ever baby items to share? You can do so on the Ravelry group!

Much love,

Corrie xx


* Nobody has signed up yet! I’m going to be incredibly embarrassed if I’m the only one who takes part. Please would just one person say they’re going to join me? I will be eternally grateful!

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